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Shadow Box


The Shadow Box
by Michael Cristofer


12-14 and 18-21 November 2015
West Side Theatre



The Shadow Box - 2015 ‎‎(Photos by Andrzej Stafiniak)‎‎

Directed by David Andrews

Cast
Joe - Donald Phillips
Steve - Rauno Ots
Maggie - Sandra Regenbogen

Brian - Eric Beveridge
Mark - Carlo Ghisi
Beverly - Ruth Armstrong

Agnes - Alexandra Sokolowski
Felicity - Melanie Zander

Interviewer - Beth Eggleston Nickmann

About the play

Every day on the TV, in the news, in theatres and in cinemas we are confronted with criminality, murder , rape, corpses and people being hacked to pieces in all manner of ways etc. etc.....all this belonging to normal entertainment. For the vast majority of us, suchlike experiences have never and, hopefully, will never become personal. In contrast, Michael Cristofer's drama 'The Shadow Box' deals with something we will all experience sooner or later, namely death. The play is set in a hospice, where three terminally ill people live in cottages and are visited by family and close friends. In fact, the play is not about death at all....no one dies in marked contrast to many classical and modern dramas.....rather it deals with the relationships between the characters, how family and friends cope with terminal illness and , above all, the old adage 'carpe diem'.

The cast, set and prizes
There are 8 characters(4m, 4f) plus a voice over, a range of ages and great scope for character acting. Stage setting is simple. 'The Shadow Box' was first presented in the US (Los Angeles) in 1977 and won the Tony award for best play and a Pulitzer prize.